The Necessary Skills to Become a Successful Designer (part 3)


  1. Composition

Composition is the way that different elements such as headers, sidebars, etc are laid out in a design. One of the biggest parts of composition for the web is grid design principles, although there are a lot of great websites that don’t necessarily follow a strict grid.

  1. Design software

If you want to be a designer, you have to know the way how to use the tools of the trade. The most popular design software programs are Sketch and Adobe Photoshop. You need to be proficient in at least one of these two programs, although knowing both is useful. Once you get more advanced, you may want to dip your toes into programs such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. There are also specialized design programs for things like font design, wireframes, or mockups that you’ll learn when you need them.

  1. Communication

Design is also a visual form of communication. An important part of being a great designer is to know the way to effectively convey information through your designs. This means everything from well communicating with your clients to clearly understand a project to using your designs to send a message.

  1. User modeling

User modeling helps create better designs, including how to create and use “user personas” and scenarios. That means imagining about the user and creating a detailed avatar of the user that will be visiting a site or using a product or service, and then using that to inform the design. It helps you create a design custom-tailored to the users and that will make the end result better resonate with your users.

  1. User testing

User testing is much like what it sounds like. It means that you will test designs to decide which ones best perform with actual users. User testing doesn’t need to be too complicated, but you should do it for every design you create.